The Last Summer
The Wild Isles, Book One
A GLOBE AND MAIL AND TORONTO STAR BESTSELLER An epic, sweeping historical novel from Canadian bestseller Karen Swan, The Last Summer is set on the Scottish island of St Kilda, and is the first novel in a brand-new series. When the residents of St Kilda ask to be evacuated from their remote island home in the summer of 1930, it's in search of a better life on the mainland rather than the scratch existence on their mountain in the sea. For 18-year-old Effie Gillies, it's a bittersweet departure. She's the best young climber on the island, as skilled and brave as any of the men. But it is Effie's expansive knowledge of local bird life that leads her to taking up a position as curator of Dumfries House's ornithological collection - and back into the arms of Lord Dumfries' son and heir, Sholto. During her last summer on St Kilda, Effie had been Sholto's guide, and their attraction had seemed irresistible. But in the glamorous polite society of Ayrshire, it is clear they are worlds apart. When a body is discovered on the island, soon after the evacuation, a scandal erupts as she is implicated. Sholto knows she's keeping secrets - but are they even her own?
About this Author
Karen Swan is the author of twenty breathtaking novels, many of which have topped The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller charts. She writes two books each year - one for summer and another for the holiday season. Her previous summer novels include: The Secret Path, The Hidden Beach, The Spanish Promise, The Greek Escape, The Rome Affair and The Paris Secret. Karen's winter titles include: Midnight in the Snow, Together by Christmas, The Christmas Party, The Christmas Secret, and Christmas Under the Stars. Her books are known for their evocative locations and Karen sees travel as vital research for each story. She loves to set deep, complicated love stories within twisting plots. She is currently writing a five-book historical series called The Wild Isles, based on the dramatic evacuation of Scottish island St Kilda in the summer of 1930.
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